It was a family affair as three generations of Gloria Williams' relatives got their COVID-19 vaccination.
EVELYN HOLMES: It was a family affair as three generations of Gloria Williams' relatives got their COVID-19 vaccination.
BARBARA BALLS: We're not too far from here. So I said, OK, I'll get the shot.
EVELYN HOLMES: That included her 86-year-old mother.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS: It feels all right.
GLENN WILLIAMS: Everybody getting vaccinated then you come around my mother-- the grandkids and stuff like that, you lessen her chance of catching something.
EVELYN HOLMES: Saturday morning, nearly a dozen of Gloria's relatives were able to get their first doses of the Moderna vaccine in a matter of minutes at the Esperanza Health Center's mass vaccination site, located at 60th and Western Avenue.
And the effort appears to be paying off. Organizers say at this Esperanza site and its two others, they've delivered over 40,000 doses of the vaccine.
The site opened in early February and books nearly 500 appointments a day. The West Englewood neighborhood has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and is listed at the top of the city's most vulnerable communities according to Chicago's COVID-19 vulnerability index.
RICARDO CIFUENTES: Just knowing that you have some place in your backyard just around the corner where you can go, I think that makes a world of difference.
EVELYN HOLMES: The mass family vaccination happened after Gloria-- a community influencer and longtime West Englewood resident-- learned her neighborhood was being prioritized to receive the shot under the city of Chicago's Protect Chicago Plus program. The family will return for their second shot next month, and hopes they can be an example for others.